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The Many Uses of Coffee Grounds

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The Many Uses of Coffee Grounds

By: Chelsea Jarrell Coffee can be used for much more than creating the perfect caffeinated beverage. In fact, there are several different ways to put those wet coffee grounds to good use. Check out this post to figure out which ones fit into your lifestyle. Beauty Coffee grounds are a perfect coarse substance full of caffeine and vitamins that can help rejuvenate and exfoliate your skin.   Coffee Body Scrub: Wake up in the shower with this homemade body scrub. The combination of coffee, coconut oil, cinnamon, and vanilla awakens your senses and leaves your skin feeling super soft. Coffee...

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Best Coffee & Food Pairings

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Thanks to Hollywood’s not so accurate representation of police officers, the classic drip coffee and glazed doughnut is what most people think of when they hear ‘coffee & food pairing’. However, the reality is, we can do as much with coffee and food as we can with wine and food. In both instances, the same concept holds true as the key to the finding perfect duo - match the dominant flavor notes of the coffee with a food that shares those similar flavor notes. Whether you enjoy your cup of coffee in the morning with breakfast, as an afternoon treat...

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Life After Decaf

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Life After Decaf

By: Chelsea Jarrell   Decaf Coffee has been considered over the years to be a blemish to the coffee community.  It is often talked about in a bad light, and has been attached to certain slogans such as “Death Before Decaf.” These quick judgements and accusations do not give decaf any chance to prove itself. Like most inventions, decaffeinated coffee was discovered by accident. Around the early 1900s a German merchant by the name of Ludwig Roselius was transporting a shipment of coffee beans when they accidently became saturated with sea water. The salty water caused the beans to lose...

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Climate Change's Impact on Coffee

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Climate Change's Impact on Coffee

It shouldn’t really be much of a surprise that climate change can impact coffee farmers - the varying environmental conditions of the globe cause irregular temperatures, rain, and humidity. These conditions, of course, are what can make or break a farmer’s harvest each season. Unfortunately, for the coffee addicts of the world, coffee is a crop that is suffering from these environmental changes, causing major problems for the global coffee industry. Lulu Garcia-Navarro reported for NPR that last year’s Robusta bean production was down 30% by October. The bright side is that Arabica is doing better than predicted. Regardless, all coffee...

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The Deal with Flavor Notes

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The Deal with Flavor Notes

Imagine you have just walked into your favorite coffee shop and you decide you want to order a pour-over coffee. So you ask the barista what’s brewing that day and the response will frequently be a few coffee origins by country. To help you understand what each coffee tastes like, they will then list each coffee’s flavor notes. These could be anything: chocolate, almond, peapod, toast. These flavor notes were likely chosen by the roaster during a series of cuppings, the industry standard for evaluating coffee by smell and by taste, and communicated to the baristas. So the flavor notes...

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